What are the most effective uses/tips to become an Instructional Designer?
By Antonella Veccia
My background is in higher education where I worked as a language tutor for about fifteen years. Besides teaching face to face, I actively contributed to integrate digital citizenship in the curriculum. Whilst designing for online and blended learning, I came to realize the complexity that each delivery mode can present, so I took courses that would consolidate my understanding of Virtual Learning Environment’s theoretical framework, graphic design, as well as experiencing online learning as a student.
My decision to become an Instructional Designer was a natural evolution of my interests for learning rather than a career change. Working in production didn’t come without challenges, but my commitment to succeed allowed me to overcome these initial difficulties.
I think that teaching, particularly languages, provides an invaluable experience to anyone wanting to become an Instructional Designer. This is because it provides a set of transferable skills that allows you to approach course design in a creative yet pedagogically rigorous way. As a learning expert it gives you the confidence and the credibility to advise the client to find solutions to their learning requirements.
A piece of advice I can give to fresh graduates wanting to work in this field, is to apply for an apprenticeship in a highly reputed eLearning company. To anyone wanting to become an Instructional Designer, I would recommend taking a post-graduate qualification in Instructional Design or eLearning. A strong understanding of user experience will also give you a competitive advantage, so play games and visit websites, as they can be a great source of inspiration for intuitive interactivity and visually engaging solutions.